Inaugural Women's Assembly | parliamentofreligions.org
<h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: TrajanPro-Regular; line-height: 1.1; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 18px; text-align:center ">The Parliament of the World’s Religions </h3> <h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: TrajanPro-Regular; line-height: 1.1; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 18px;text-align:center">invites you to attend  </h3> <h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: TrajanPro-Regular; line-height: 1.1; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 18px;text-align:center">the First Inaugural Women’s Assembly and Program Initiative for Global Advancement</h3> <h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: TrajanPro-Regular; line-height: 1.1; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 18px;text-align:center">2015 Parliament October 15 -19th  in Salt Lake City, Utah!</h3> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">19 women addressed the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893. Today women comprise over 60% of the 2015 Parliament’s registrants! <a href="http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm?n=34&sn=7" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 114, 198); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;">The Women’s Task Force</a> aims to promote and continue this movement ensuring that women throughout the world have a voice in important interfaith dialogue. Our Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement at the 2015 Parliament offers five days of special programming devoted to women, religion and spirituality, beginning with the the Inaugural Women’s Assembly on October 15, 2015 and continuing with the Women’s Program Initiative from October 16 - 19th. Join us in making women’s history!</p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <hr style="box-sizing: content-box; height: 0px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; border-top-color: rgb(238, 238, 238); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;" /> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Women’s Assembly</u><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;"> is an historic opportunity for women of diverse religious and spiritual traditions to gather to address two critical areas:   </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">the responsibility of the world’s religions to affirm women’s dignity and human rights, &</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">share sources of religious and spiritual inspiration for women’s empowerment.</span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">Esteemed women- religious, spiritual and global leaders, will address the Assembly on these two primary themes which will be further explored by attendees in small group discussions with opportunities to engage with one another as well as the keynote speakers, explore emerging priorities and best practices and create cooperative frameworks for committed action.</span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">The Women’s Assembly will take place on </span><u style="box-sizing: border-box;">October 15, 2015, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the full day</u><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">, and immediately prior to the official opening of the Parliament later that evening. </span><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"> </strong></span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Women’s Initiative</u><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">will provide an esteemed and global platform for women from diverse religious and spiritual traditions to:</span></span></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">address the critical intersection of women’s dignity, human rights  and religion,</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">celebrate women’s religious and spiritual engagement, inspiration and leadership,</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">share best practices that address women’s challenges,</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">build interfaith networks of mutual support and cooperative action, and</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: transparent;">expand the transformative impact women have on religion and the modern world.   </span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Women’s Program Initiative will continue throughout the duration of the Parliament from October 16-19, with diverse programming that shares and celebrates the value of feminine wisdom, inspires with feminine principles in action, strengthens women’s spiritual engagement and leadership and nurtures a global root system of women’s spirituality.</span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Programming will include panels, presentations, best practices, discussions, academic papers, sermons, prayers, rites, meditations, and other celebratory, innovative and creative expressions of women’s spiritual engagement, interest and concern.  Some programs may be for women only.</span> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">How do I register to participate?  And will I be able to attend the rest of the Parliament?</strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">To register for the Women’s Assembly you must register for the overall Parliament.  Registration will entitle you to attend all or part of the Women’s Assembly and Program Initiative  as well as the entire Parliament.  Register here to participate in the Women’s Assembly, Program Initiative and overall Parliament</span>  <a href="https://www.instantreg.com/registration/register.jspx?id=a54b854e4352167d" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(152, 28, 30); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box;">here</u></a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">.  </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> </p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Will women have opportunities to worship, pray, meditate, celebrate and ritualize together?</strong> </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><em style="box-sizing: border-box;">Yes!  </em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">A</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box;"> Women’s Sacred Space</em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;"> will be available on-site for women’s faith and interfaith religious services, spiritual observances, rites and ceremonies, meditation, reflection and prayer throughout the duration of the Parliament.  </span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Why should I register and will I be able to attend the overall 2015 Parliament if I do?</strong></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">The Women’s Initiative is anticipated to be a truly historic gathering.</span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">When the 2015 Parliament convenes, thousands of people will converge in Salt Lake City  to seek and share spiritual inspiration and practical solutions for the urgent and unprecedented crises our planet faces.  Increasingly, people recognize that these challenges are the consequence of a world radically out of balance and that meaningful and tangible solutions will only emerge through women’s wisdom and leadership. But at the same time, the most serious, pervasive and ignored violations of basic human rights are those against women, due in part to distorted religious texts and extremism and the devaluation of the feminine.  </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">It is crucial that women from around the world, representing diverse religious, spiritual and cultural traditions, have the opportunity to address the vital nexus of women’s issues  and religion, to share and strengthen their wisdom and work, and to have their voices heard and their presence visible to inspire the world with new models of spiritual engagement and leadership.  It is especially important that they have the opportunity to do so from the Parliament’s esteemed platform.  It is important that YOU have that opportunity.</span> </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">And we believe that the participation of women from the world’s faith and spiritual traditions is essential to achieve the Parliament’s all-inclusive mission to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Women’s Task Force is responding to this challenge by ensuring that women’s voices are heard at the 2015 Parliament, and therefore throughout the world.  We hope yours will be one of those voices.</span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; background-color: transparent;">Registering for the Women’s Initiative means registering to make history!  And yes, you must register for the 2015 Parliament in order to attend the Assembly.  Registration entitles you to attend the entire 2015 Parliament, including the Assembly and the Women’s Program Initiative which will be an integral part of the 2015 Parliament.  </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Are there other ways to get involved?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;">Yes!<span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;">Pre-Parliament Women’s Events - These are events to bring women together in their local communities, to explore, celebrate, educate and engage.  </span></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;">A Pre-Parliament gathering of 60 religiously diverse women convened in Fall, 2014 in Salt Lake, and this group is continuing to meet to help bring the Parliament and the Women’s Initiative to Salt Lake City.  </p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;">Check the PWTF page for listing of future events.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;">A second SLC Women’s Pre-Parliament event will be held in April, 2015.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;">If you are interested in planning a Pre-Parliament Event , contact PWTF here: <a href="mailto:[email protected]" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 114, 198); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;">[email protected]</a> or <a href="mailto:[email protected]" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 114, 198); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;">[email protected]</a></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;">Post-Parliament Gatherings and Actions – Events to sustain and support social justice and interfaith engagement on behalf of women.</p> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Can I volunteer to make the Women’s Initiative a success?</strong>  </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Yes! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities before, during and after the Parliament.</span> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">If you’re interested in helping out, please get in touch with us at: <a href="http://www.iqvis.net/parliamentofreligions/content/[email protected]" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 114, 198); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;">[email protected]</a></span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Are there any local Salt Lake City Women’s Initiative programs or events?</strong></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Yes!  A Pre-Parliament gathering of 60 religiously diverse women convened in Fall, 2014 in Salt Lake, and this group is continuing to meet to help bring the Parliament and the Women’s Initiative to Salt Lake City. A second SLC Women’s Pre-Parliament event will be held in April, 2015.</span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">If you are interested in participating, or just finding out what’s going on in SLC, you can contact local organizer,  Susan Soleil at <a href="mailto:[email protected]" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 114, 198); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; -webkit-transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out 0s; word-wrap: break-word; background: transparent;">[email protected]</a>  or by phone at 801-554-9495</span></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">What if I need financial assistance in order to participate?</strong></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">The Global Sisters Fund</span></u></strong><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;"> has been established by the Women’s Task Force and is receiving donations to further assist women’s participation by providing assistance with scholarships and travel expenses for women who are frequently under-represented in important conversations and conferences about women’s rights, spirituality and leadership including:</span></span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Elder (ages 60 and over) and young women (ages 16-30)</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Indigenous and First Nations women</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Low income women</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent;">Religiously, spiritually, culturally and internationally diverse women, especially those leading innovative and effective programs</span></span></li> </ul>

The Parliament of the World’s Religions 

invites you to attend  

the First Inaugural Women’s Assembly and Program Initiative for Global Advancement

2015 Parliament October 15 -19th  in Salt Lake City, Utah!

19 women addressed the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893. Today women comprise over 60% of the 2015 Parliament’s registrants! The Women’s Task Force aims to promote and continue this movement ensuring that women throughout the world have a voice in important interfaith dialogue. Our Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement at the 2015 Parliament offers five days of special programming devoted to women, religion and spirituality, beginning with the the Inaugural Women’s Assembly on October 15, 2015 and continuing with the Women’s Program Initiative from October 16 - 19th. Join us in making women’s history!

 


The Women’s Assembly is an historic opportunity for women of diverse religious and spiritual traditions to gather to address two critical areas:   

 

  • the responsibility of the world’s religions to affirm women’s dignity and human rights, &

  • share sources of religious and spiritual inspiration for women’s empowerment.

     

Esteemed women- religious, spiritual and global leaders, will address the Assembly on these two primary themes which will be further explored by attendees in small group discussions with opportunities to engage with one another as well as the keynote speakers, explore emerging priorities and best practices and create cooperative frameworks for committed action.

The Women’s Assembly will take place on October 15, 2015, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the full day, and immediately prior to the official opening of the Parliament later that evening.   

The Women’s Initiativewill provide an esteemed and global platform for women from diverse religious and spiritual traditions to:

  • address the critical intersection of women’s dignity, human rights  and religion,

  • celebrate women’s religious and spiritual engagement, inspiration and leadership,

  • share best practices that address women’s challenges,

  • build interfaith networks of mutual support and cooperative action, and

  • expand the transformative impact women have on religion and the modern world.   

The Women’s Program Initiative will continue throughout the duration of the Parliament from October 16-19, with diverse programming that shares and celebrates the value of feminine wisdom, inspires with feminine principles in action, strengthens women’s spiritual engagement and leadership and nurtures a global root system of women’s spirituality.

Programming will include panels, presentations, best practices, discussions, academic papers, sermons, prayers, rites, meditations, and other celebratory, innovative and creative expressions of women’s spiritual engagement, interest and concern.  Some programs may be for women only. 

How do I register to participate?  And will I be able to attend the rest of the Parliament?

To register for the Women’s Assembly you must register for the overall Parliament.  Registration will entitle you to attend all or part of the Women’s Assembly and Program Initiative  as well as the entire Parliament.  Register here to participate in the Women’s Assembly, Program Initiative and overall Parliament  here.  

 

Will women have opportunities to worship, pray, meditate, celebrate and ritualize together? 

 

Yes!  A Women’s Sacred Space will be available on-site for women’s faith and interfaith religious services, spiritual observances, rites and ceremonies, meditation, reflection and prayer throughout the duration of the Parliament.  

 

Why should I register and will I be able to attend the overall 2015 Parliament if I do?

The Women’s Initiative is anticipated to be a truly historic gathering.

When the 2015 Parliament convenes, thousands of people will converge in Salt Lake City  to seek and share spiritual inspiration and practical solutions for the urgent and unprecedented crises our planet faces.  Increasingly, people recognize that these challenges are the consequence of a world radically out of balance and that meaningful and tangible solutions will only emerge through women’s wisdom and leadership. But at the same time, the most serious, pervasive and ignored violations of basic human rights are those against women, due in part to distorted religious texts and extremism and the devaluation of the feminine.  

It is crucial that women from around the world, representing diverse religious, spiritual and cultural traditions, have the opportunity to address the vital nexus of women’s issues  and religion, to share and strengthen their wisdom and work, and to have their voices heard and their presence visible to inspire the world with new models of spiritual engagement and leadership.  It is especially important that they have the opportunity to do so from the Parliament’s esteemed platform.  It is important that YOU have that opportunity. 

And we believe that the participation of women from the world’s faith and spiritual traditions is essential to achieve the Parliament’s all-inclusive mission to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Women’s Task Force is responding to this challenge by ensuring that women’s voices are heard at the 2015 Parliament, and therefore throughout the world.  We hope yours will be one of those voices.

Registering for the Women’s Initiative means registering to make history!  And yes, you must register for the 2015 Parliament in order to attend the Assembly.  Registration entitles you to attend the entire 2015 Parliament, including the Assembly and the Women’s Program Initiative which will be an integral part of the 2015 Parliament.  

 

Are there other ways to get involved?

 

Yes! 

  • Pre-Parliament Women’s Events - These are events to bring women together in their local communities, to explore, celebrate, educate and engage.  

    • A Pre-Parliament gathering of 60 religiously diverse women convened in Fall, 2014 in Salt Lake, and this group is continuing to meet to help bring the Parliament and the Women’s Initiative to Salt Lake City.  

    • Check the PWTF page for listing of future events.

    • A second SLC Women’s Pre-Parliament event will be held in April, 2015.

    • If you are interested in planning a Pre-Parliament Event , contact PWTF here: [email protected] or [email protected]

    • Post-Parliament Gatherings and Actions – Events to sustain and support social justice and interfaith engagement on behalf of women.

 

Can I volunteer to make the Women’s Initiative a success?  

 

Yes! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities before, during and after the Parliament. If you’re interested in helping out, please get in touch with us at: [email protected]

Are there any local Salt Lake City Women’s Initiative programs or events?

Yes!  A Pre-Parliament gathering of 60 religiously diverse women convened in Fall, 2014 in Salt Lake, and this group is continuing to meet to help bring the Parliament and the Women’s Initiative to Salt Lake City. A second SLC Women’s Pre-Parliament event will be held in April, 2015.

If you are interested in participating, or just finding out what’s going on in SLC, you can contact local organizer,  Susan Soleil at [email protected]  or by phone at 801-554-9495

What if I need financial assistance in order to participate?

The Global Sisters Fund has been established by the Women’s Task Force and is receiving donations to further assist women’s participation by providing assistance with scholarships and travel expenses for women who are frequently under-represented in important conversations and conferences about women’s rights, spirituality and leadership including: 

  • Elder (ages 60 and over) and young women (ages 16-30)

  • Indigenous and First Nations women

  • Low income women

  • Religiously, spiritually, culturally and internationally diverse women, especially those leading innovative and effective programs
When
October 15th, 2015 9:00 AM through  4:00 PM
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